By   February 1, 2017


Baked Doughnut Holes/ Vera's Cooking/

Who wouldn’t like a delicious pastry with a cup of hot tea or coffee on a cold winter day? I must tell you, it’s a great remedy for relieving stress and calming purposes. We drink tea a lot! It’s been proven that hot drinks and food are very comforting during cold gloomy weather. It has also been proven that during winter months, especially, people crave carbohydrates the most, which temporarily gives you more energy and boosts your mood.

My kids have been asking me lately to get doughnuts each time we pass by a bakery at a local grocery store. The moment I saw that ingredients list, I knew it was time to come up with something that would satisfy our mid-winter carb cravings, and at the same time keep it as clean as possible, so we don’t regret it later.

Safeway Ingrediet List

Ideally, I would gladly escape somewhere tropical, and forget about winter blues. Of course, there are other things that help me overcome winter blues, like calming lavender bath, taking up a hobby (I love to crochet), which really does the trick on helping to take the mind off of daily routines; catching up with friends, enjoying outdoors, and of course, eating nutritious food. But like all people, we have our “cheat” days, and when we crave carbs, we choose to make something on our own instead of buying it at the store. These Baked Vegan Doughnut Holes are super easy to make. They’re delicious, and you might want to make a double batch, just sayin’. This recipe makes 18 doughnut holes or 6 regular size doughnuts (or donuts?).


  • 1 + 1/4 all purpose flour ( I used organic, unbleached)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice (optional)
  • 2 +1/2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup almond milk

For the Cinnamon/Sugar Coating:

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup sugar (I used organic, raw)
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon

Baked Doughnut Holes/ Vera's Cooking/

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease mini muffin pans (I used coconut oil spray). Whisk dry ingredients (flour, salt, baking powder, pumpkin spice). In a separate bowl, mix together wet ingredients (pumpkin puree, melted coconut oil, and almond milk). Fold in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Doughnut Holes (4 of 18) Doughnut Holes

Spoon the mixture into mini muffin pans. Bake 10-15 minutes until doughnut holes spring back when lightly pressed.

Doughnut Holes (5 of 18)

Let cool on a cooling rack while preparing a cinnamon/sugar coating.

Doughnut Holes

Mix sugar and cinnamon together.

Doughnut Holes (6 of 18) Doughnut Holes (9 of 18)

Dip doughnut holes into melted coconut oil, then roll them in the cinnamon sugar mixture.

Doughnut Holes (10 of 18) Doughnut Holes (11 of 18)


Baked Vegan Doughnut Holes/ Vera's Cooking/

Baked Vegan Doughnuts/ Vera's Cooking/



    1. Vera Post author

      Indeed, they were happy! I have to improvise a lot here to keep my family’s “sweet tooth” satisfied 🙂

  1. Jill

    Delicious recipe! Instead of making donut holes since I don’t have mini muffin pans, my sister recommended just combining the batter into and 8×8 baking dish and baking for about 20 minutes. We made less of the topping and just spread it on top. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    1. Vera Post author

      Hi Jill! Thank you so much for your review! Being a busy mom myself, I very often do too improvise on recipes I’m so happy you enjoyed an improvised version of Doughnut Holes. Cheers!

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